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Children grow; clothes don’t. Taken together these two things can become quite expensive.

Enter thredUP. This website helps co-ordinate an action families all over the world have been doing for centuries: trading clothes with other families when it is outgrown.

Here’s how it works: sign up for an account (or, if you don’t want to sign up directly on the site, you can use your existing Facebook account). Put together a box of unused clothing and you can search for a box to trade for. You’ll have the opportunity to find your friends and add them to your inner circle, or you can browse the broader community. Find something you want, co-ordinate with the other parent and you’re ready to trade clothing with them.

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The entire process is free with the exception of shipping, which is co-ordinated through thredUP and costs $13. Still, if you’re having trouble finding families to swap with locally, $13 a box isn’t bad.

It should be pointed out, however, that a free account at thredUP does not give you the ability to actually see what’s in the boxes you’re trading for; for that ability, you’re going to need to pay $29.99 annually for a Pro membership.

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  • Trade boxes of clothing as your children keep growing.
  • Trade with friends or strangers; it’s up to you.
  • $13 shipping charge (if necessary).
  • Free version does not give you a detailed account of what’s in the box you’re trading for.
  • Pro version costs $29.99 a year.

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